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Saturday, 22 February 2014

What to do when the walls are built to crumble..

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Dress: Handmade (Christine Haynes Emery w/gathered skirt)
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Shoes: Irregular Choice 'Oz'
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Clutch bag: bought from a blog sale
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What's this? Another handmade dress? Yep. This is number seven of 2014. With Sarah and Roisin so taken with it, I couldn't very well leave it much longer before jumping onto the bandwagon and making my first Christine Haynes Emery dress, could I?

Well, I guess it's a half Emery - the bodice half. For the skirt I just made a gathered skirt, the width of my fabric (which was 45in) and gathered it to fit my waist / bodice.

This fabric was one of my finds on a recent trip to Birmingham, from Fancy Silk Store, which I'd been unaware of before but was a veritable treasure trove of decently-priced fabrics. My eye was drawn to the print and I ignored the fact that the background was white. Luckily, I have quite the stash of cotton sheets which I am recycling into linings, so I chose a nice thick one and lined the skirt as well as the bodice. The only slight issue with this was that when it came to gathering the skirt, I worried that the waist ended up being rather thick and that it makes me look larger around the waist than usual.

I wondered about which shoes to team with this dress, but the green in the print sort of lent itself to a pair of bright green shoes, so I dug out these Oz heels. And this cute puppy dog clutch bag was something I'd not taken out with me at all since buying it from Emily's blog sale a few months ago.

19 comments:

  1. Char that dress is absolutely beautiful, and you look gorgeous. The sleeves and full skirt are just amazing! You should be very proud of your skillz ;)
    xx

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  2. Those shoes are gorgeous Char, I love the colour and the dress is lovely. You''re so talented at making these!

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  3. Char this print is gorgeous!
    Sophie
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    1. I know, I couldn't resist the print even though I wouldn't usually go for a white background.

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  4. I love this outfit! Hooray for recycled sheet linings - I use them all the time :)

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    1. I have a stash which my mum cleared out last year which will keep me in lining for ages.

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  5. I knew that was the Emery as soon as I saw the pic on my follower link!! Very nice it is too!!! You are super clever!!! Honestly you are tantalizing me with that shelf!!!! Please, please, please can we have a blog post about what's on it??????!!x

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    1. Hahaha, you have clearly seen a lot of our recent dresses! The Emery does seem to be taking the sewing world by storm at the moment.

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  6. A vision! Char you made a beautiful frock and it looks so lovely on you too x

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  7. OMG the shoes are seriously gorgeous! <3 The bag is adorable, and the dress looks amazing! x

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  8. I love Irregular Choice! Those shoes look amazing :) XX

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    1. Thank you, they're so versatile - I've worn them a lot since winning them on ebay.

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  9. This is such a gorgeous dress and the shoes match perfectly!

    Maria xxx

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  10. Wow, you look stunning in this dress! I got really excited about that bag, thinking it was a little piggy, dog is cute, but pig would've sent me into overdrive! I just found my green Oz, had been searching for them all winter and stumbled across them last weekend, typical!

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  11. Love Oz. That's so clever making your own dresses. I also love your pink bicycle :) xx

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